There are no words that can adequately describe the sensory overload, the amazing spectacle, and the shear size of the seabird colonies in the Hebrides.  This is the time of year when the wild and rugged coasts of the Hebrides become home to a variety of different species for a few months every summer; puffins, guillemots, razorbills, gannets, manx shearwaters, storm petrels, great skuas, kittiwakes, fulmar, shags, arctic terns and a variety of gulls – we see them all.

However, for the first time in almost 30 years our vessels are not taking guests to see these amazing nesting bird colonies in the remotest parts of the west coast of Scotland. So our Skipper James Fairbairns decided to produce this short film from our cruises to some of the best “seabird cities” that we visit, including Lunga in the Treshnish Isles, Sanday in the Small Isles, the Shiant Isles, in the middle of the wild north Minch and the evocative and dramatic St Kilda archipelago.

Our vessels and crews are expert at getting close to sheer cliffs from the sea to experience an unforgettable wildlife spectacle. Huge numbers of nesting seabirds occupy every spare inch of rock and grassy slope while thousands more wheel overhead and flock over the sea in search of fish to feed their young. As always there is a specialist wildlife expert on board and onshore to ensure our guests get the most out of these amazing close encounters while ensuring they do not create any disturbance.

These outstanding seabird colonies really are wonders of the natural world.  Once we are able to cruise again we invite you to join us and experience the magic!